Tasherrill (10) - - AUG 12, 2012
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Not that great. My advice, let this get to room temperature before drinking
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evergreen0199 (2114) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 12, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at Great British Beer Festival 2012, Olympia, London. A dark brown/black coloured pour with a small beige head on top. Hoppy, pine, citrus aroma. Tastes of grapefruit, pine, hoppy, bitter, chocolate. Not sure about this one, it is OK but I struggled to finish my half pint measure.
CamdenD (1094) - Madrid, SPAIN - AUG 12, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice and chalky. Black appearance with tannish head. Bottle a bit old (6 months) so hop character was reduced, drank more like a porter, still good, but need to find a fresher bottle.
FriarHop (122) - Long Beach, New York, USA - AUG 11, 2012
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Black. Foamy off-white head. Toasty, stout aroma. Perhaps too much of a stout flavor for this IPA. Palate is muddled and a bit off putting. Too much of the old metallic, tar flavor. The flavor suggests a stronger ABV, but that's not the case.
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JFGrind (1857) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown, meduim bodied Black IPA with tan head, significant bitterness and malt foundation. Aroma and flavors of nut, pine, and chocolate. The citrus grapefruit flavor from hops was eager than expected.
AmEricanbrew (5905) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - AUG 9, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown color with tan head. Very nice pine, citrus, floral hoppy aromas with sweet dark chocolate. Medium body. Pine, citrus hoppy flavors with semi-sweet chocolate, dry black malts--good
Huhzubendah (2637) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 4, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A gift from Gregg Berman. Thanks a lot!
A: This brew appears a dark mahogany color, with a dense inch of light beige head which exhibits great retention and leaves plenty of lacing on the pint glass.
S: Aromas of roast, hops, and pine.
T: The beer is a combination of roast and hop flavors, with some chocolate notes in there as well. The beer tastes a little too bitter, with a slight hop astringency emerging in the back end.
M: OK feel, but a bit imbalanced in the finish.
D: An alright beer. Iím still not sold on this style. I really enjoy IPAs and roasty brews, but not sure that marrying the two is the best idea.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 01-07-2011
edgallow (2284) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 4, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bomber pours black with a tan head. Aroma of chocolate and pine. Taste is nice hops and malts.
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Finhead (1201) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - AUG 3, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A black pour with a large, rocky tan head. The aroma is quite nice with spicy, pine hops on a chocolate base. The light body is oily with average carbonation. The bittersweet taste finishes a heavier dose of hops; begging for another drink.
branlovesbeer (11) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 17, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cost from Total Wine in Upstate SC:
22oz Bottle: $5.99
Located on the label, just under the bar code. It reads, "Bottle On 10/11".
There is no need for an internet search or to send emails or phone calls to the brewery in order to have them translate the code in their own style of the Julian calendar (which Iíve noticed many breweries have their own variation of this).
I have to be honest. I had to pour the beer twice. The first time, I wasnít recording because I forgot to hit the record button. But the head took over like a bullet shooting out of a gun. Nearly 4 fingers of head.
But on the second try, there wasnít as much head formation. Only about 1 finger that dissipated quickly.
Black as night... except... I can see into the beer, just under the head and streaming bubbles are obvious.
Itís clearly filtered because I can see the bubbles clearly up to about an inch into the glass. But to be clear, I can only see into the beer only 1/2 a centimeter under the surface where the light shines through.
The head that formed was nice and creamy. While it dissipates, if I swirl the beer around, it forms a nice creamy layer. Itís a very appetizing look.
It is a beautiful beer.
Lots of roasty malts. It smells like a porter or stout. The smell of prunes and dates comes through, as well as some tobacco notes. It smells really good.
Iím getting a hop spice, but I honestly couldnít tell you if itís piney or citrusy. Itís just a blended hop spice.
Iíve noticed this is a common problem with dark IPAís. No matter how many hops you put in, they are just very subdued by the dark malts.
That is my experience from tasting other black IPAís as well as my homebrew experience. I brewed a black IPA last year. 5 gal batch with 1.5lbs Chocolate, a few ounces of various crystals and 9 ounces of hops ranging from Magnum to Cascade with 3oz of Cascade to dry hop. And it ended up tasting very similar to Clown Shoes Hoppy Feet. It was one of the best beers Iíve ever brewed but it wasnít what I was going for.
Iím having the same problems tasting the hops as I did smelling them. Itís nice a hop spice, but I honestly couldnít tell you if itís piney or citrusy. Itís just a blended hop spice. Granted it definitely more prevalent than in the aroma.
Now, the Roasted Malts and the hops are well blended. One does not over power the other. Itís a perfect combination.
Iím not getting the prune/date/raisin taste that I got in the aroma. Itís there but itís not hitting you in the face like it was in the aroma.
Overall, itís really tasty.
Worth the Money:
At $5.99 for a 22oz bottle, that is a little steep. I, personally would price this at a maximum of $4.99, although Iíd like for it to be a little less. Iíve had Black IPAís that have been comparable to this that have cost less.
Will I buy another one? Yes. I probably will, but Iím going to look to see if I can find a lower price.
This beer has everything going for it. If youíre a dark beer lover; this is your beer. If youíre a hoppy IPA lover; this is your beer. Neither one completely takes over the character of this beer. Thereís a little bit of both. Itís really enjoyable.
If youíre looking for a dark beer, you can sit down and have one of these. If youíre looking for a hoppy beer, you can also sit down and have one of these.
This is really good. This is one of my favorite Black IPAís that Iíve ever tasted.
I gave this an íAí. This is a good Black IPA. Itís got the dark roasted malts. Itís got the hop aroma and flavor that you want from an IPA. Everything is blended nicely. Itís a very very tasty beer.